Program Requirements

Practicing professional behavior

As a student in the special education/cross categorical undergraduate program, you are expected to display professional behaviors and dispositions consistent with the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Code of Ethics for Educators of Persons with Exceptionalities. The department will conduct periodic structured assessments of professional behaviors and dispositions on all of our students during selected classes and in additional classes on an as needed basis.

If you do not display the required professional behaviors and dispositions as determined by the special education faculty and the department, you may be dismissed from the program or may be prevented from taking additional special education certification classes.

Program course requirements

Special Education/Cross Categorical

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable grades K-12)

The curriculum for special education teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and carries with it an initial professional certificate (IPC) to teach in the state of Missouri. Recipients of this special education certificate may be employed to teach in grades K-12 in Cross Categorical settings and other mild/moderate special education settings.

Admission and Retention Requirements

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student for whom the special education faculty feel does not possess the ability to successfully complete the required classes and/or required practica.

All special education undergraduate students and postbaccalaureate students seeking special education certification are expected to display professional behaviors and dispositions consistent with the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Code of Ethics for Educators of Persons with Exceptionalities.  Periodic structured assessments of professional behaviors and dispositions will be completed on all students during selected classes and will also be completed in additional classes on an as needed basis.  If a student does not display the required professional behaviors and dispositions as determined by the special education faculty and the Department Head of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education, the student may be dismissed from the program or may be prevented from taking additional special education certification classes.

Degree Requirements

In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements. All GPA requirements are a combination of Missouri State and transfer grades.

  1. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. a grade of “C” or higher in all courses listed under B and C
  3. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher across all courses listed under C; and a grade of "C" or higher in all courses listed under C

Additionally, students must earn passing scores on all four sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and successfully complete the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education.

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have successfully completed Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. Refer to Teacher Education Program for application procedures.

Program Requirements       

  1. General Education Program and Requirements (46-48 hours)
    Specific courses required for major and/or certification which may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements:

    1. Focus on Written Communication and Information Literacy: ENG 110(3)
    2. Focus on Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning: ENG 210(3)
    3. Focus on Quantitative Literacy: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better. MTH 130(3) recommended.
    4. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115(3)
    5. Focus on Life Sciences: BIO 100(4)
    6. Focus on Physical Sciences: PHY 101(4)
    7. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: ECO 155(3) and PSY 121(3)
    8. Focus on Humanities and the Focus on the Arts must include two (2) different course codes to meet state certification requirements. ART 200 or MUS 241 recommended.
    9. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: HST 121(3) or HST 122(3); and PLS 101(3)
    10. Focus on Cultural Competence: GRY 100(3) Teacher certification requirement.
  2. Degree Requirements for Teacher Certification (9 hours):

    1. Mathematics: MTH 320(3)
    2. English: ENG 334(3)
    3. Geography: GRY 100(3) Note: may also count toward General Education Focus on Cultural Competence.
  3. Professional Education (83-85 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for program approval of coursework toward degree and certification.

    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3); PSY 360(3); SPE 310(3), 320(3), 345(4), 346(2), 525(3)

    2. Teaching Methods: EDT 365(3); KIN 545(3); RDG 318(3), 420(3), 421(2); SPE 450(3), 515(3), 516(3), 517(3), 519(3), 521(3), 550(3), 560(3), 579(3), 584(2)

    3. Clinical Experiences: SPE 322(1), 497(4), 495(9), 496(3)

  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SPE 495(9).
  5. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in the Teacher Education Program; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification.

  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements